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Theodicy and the Idolatry of “Free Choice”

Theodicy and the Idolatry of “Free Choice”

Atheism, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, faith, Grief, Human Condition, Ideology, mind, monotheism, Pain and Suffering, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theodicy, Thinking
Before I even begin this post, I want to say explicitly what should be obvious from the first paragraph:  my critique of theodicy is aimed exclusively at Christian theodicy. Jewish theodicy -- and theology -- is a whole separate matter. Jewish theodicy is much less prone than its Christian counterpart to knee-jerk-ingly validate God's actions in the world. This is especially true of Jewish theologians and writers who reflect on the Holocaust:  Richard Rubinstein, Emil Fackenheim, Eliezer Berkovits, David Blumenthal, Zachary Braiterman, Elie Wiesel, et al., none of whom ever let God off the hook.  Even with comparatively honest Christian theologians like Philip Yancey (Disappointment with God, Where is God when It Hurts?, et al.), you just know God is going to be exonerated in the end. Even
Taking the Vows of a "None"

Taking the Vows of a "None"

"Life" Issues, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, C. S. Lewis, Change, critical judgment, culture, Ecumenism, faith, faithfulness, Healing, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, Ideology, journey, meditation, monotheism, Mystery, paradox, peace, Religion, Renewal, Spirituality, Tolerance, vipassana, wonder
I keep reading and hearing about the results of polls like the ones from Gallup and Berkeley to the effect that the fastest-growing group of "religious" people are people who respond "None" on surveys of religious attitudes. At first, I was encouraged by this. I figured any development that indicates people are coming to believe that this life and rationality are sufficient to imbue human existence with purpose, meaning, and value, and that consequently people are increasingly open to discovering other sources, alternate sources, non-theistic sources, of what we might generically call "Transcendence", would be an overall benefit to the human species. All I ask is that ample allowance be made for people who wish to remain conventionally, monotheistically religious – which, at this point, se
Sabbatical

Sabbatical

Blessings, Challenge, curiosity, Discernment, faith, faithfulness, Friendship, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Healing, Holy Mystery, life, meditation, Photography, Play, Renewal, Sabbatical, Uncategorized
To all of my wonderful readers and followers of my Blogs on A Quiet Walk, and Beguine Again, this will be my last post for awhile as I am taking a sabbatical from electronic media until Mid-May.  I will be traveling to new and exciting places, taking time for quiet reflection and renewal.  I will return to the Blogosphere May 19th with new stories, maybe new prayer practice or and new insights. As I travel please keep me and my husband, John, in your prayers. I wish each and every one of you a meaningful Holy Week and a celebratory Easter.  Peace be with you all. Ruth Jewell, ©March 24, 2015